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Day 23 – Have Joy

How can we focus on Christ?

Let’s talk Happiness vs Joy

Happiness – The external state of being happy. Happiness is dependent on the circumstances, thoughts, people around us. It’s the events in our path that give us happiness.

Joy – A feeling of great pleasure and happiness. A long-lasting state. Joy is promised by God to those who put their trust in Him.

Happiness can come and go, but Joy is in our heart. It’s the thing that can’t be taken away when we accept the Joy that God gives us.

How can we have Joy in our hearts? Trust God! Have faith! Be obedient! Let’s seek Him! Let’s pray God will show us this wonderful Joy that He has for us.

Philippians 4:4

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

John 15:11

I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.

Nehemiah 8:10

And Nehemiah[a] continued, “Go and celebrate with a feast of rich foods and sweet drinks, and share gifts of food with people who have nothing prepared. This is a sacred day before our Lord. Don’t be dejected and sad, for the joy of the Lord is your strength!”

“In the English Standard Version of the Bible, the words “joy,” “rejoice,” or “joyful” appear a total of 430 times, compared with “happy” or “happiness,” which appear only ten times. Joy is lasting, and it satisfies the heart in a unique and marvelous way. Joy is characteristic of God's people, found in his presence.” –


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